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Comment Pay your tax and demand something for it. (Score 1) 302

If you think about it what has been happening here it is insane. Companies like Apple are getting into an effective tax range of 1-5% on their profit. The purpose of paying taxes is that you get a benefit out of it. I am happy to pay taxes as long as I then have very good roads, a good school system for my kids, decent healthcare, etc, etc. When you want to do business in a country and that country has a tax setup where companies also pay taxes in their profit, the pay it! It equalises the playing field for all and truly makes the competition fair. The better product, service, setup will win. In this case companies move money between countries by using the tax rules agains eachother. In the case of StarBucks the royalties on the brand and the profit on that are not taxable in Ireland. Profit in the UK on their actual operation are taxable in the UK. If I now increase my costbase by charging just enough royalties (the right to put starbucks on the window and use the brand) to make the profit close to zero......... we are all smart enough to do the math I presume. The rule should be that when you make profit in a country, you pay taxes in that country: Period! This way we all get an equal playingfield and companies actually start to contribute to the societies they are making a profit on. I am sure that with this system we will all benefit, including the companies themselves. Reply to This

Comment Re: More physics than economics, and it checks out (Score 1) 206

I agree with the math right to the point where you made the money you earn equal to the amount of mass you launch. There is a base cost per launch and that makes the first "kilo" very expensive, but the last kilo very cheap. Its like saying a truck which can carry 40 tons will earn 2 times more money then a truck which carries only 20 tons. It all depends ( basic logistics ) on the size of the shipments you have and then a truck of 20 tons could be just perfect.

Comment Combination (Score 1) 659

How about a combination? I can fully imagine that for a large part of the population (or for that matter area) an electric car would be absolutely great...... if you are close to the grid. When it comes to storing energy then maybe a pressurised canister of hydrogen will do the trick better if your not close to the grid or have no time to charge for a few hours. I can even imagine that we will see some kind of hybrid a.k.a. hydrogen storage/fuel cell for the "rapid deploy" and then a battery combined with it which can also be charged from the grid. Drive train and technology stays the same, it is only the energy generation (Fuelcell with hydrogen storage or Battery) which changes

Roku Finally Gets a 2D Menu System 80

DeviceGuru writes "Many of us have griped for years about Roku's retro one-dimensional user interface. Finally, in conjunction with the release of the new Roku 3 model, the Linux-based media streaming player is getting a two-dimensional facelift, making it quicker and easier to access favorite channels and find new ones. Current Roku users, who will now begin suffering from UI-envy, will be glad to learn that Roku plans to push out a firmware update next month to many earlier models, including the Roku LT, Roku HD (model 2500R), Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS, and Roku Streaming Stick. A short demo of the new 2D Roku menu system is available in this YouTube video."

Festo's Drone Dragonfly Takes To the Air 45

yyzmcleod writes "Building on the work of last year's bionic creation, the Smart Bird, Festo announced that it will literally launch its latest creation, the BionicOpter, at Hannover Messe in April. With a wingspan of 63 cm and weighing in at 175 grams, the robotic dragonfly mimics all forms of flight as its natural counterpart, including hover, glide and maneuvering in all directions. This is made possible, the company says, by the BionicOpter's ability to move each of its four wings independently, as well as control their amplitude, frequency and angle of attack. Including its actuated head and body, the robot exhibits 13 degrees of freedom, which allows it to rapidly accelerate, decelerate, turn and fly backwards."

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